Dearly: New Poems (Compact Disc)
Author of the brilliant and prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood here shows her exceptional gifts as a poet. Thought-provoking, nimble and accessible, these poems cover a marvelous variety of topics, including love (see “The Tin Woodwoman Gets a Massage,” page 12), aging (see “Blizzard,” page 7), and nature, closely observed (see “Cicadas,” page 22). Readers of her fiction will recognize work that deals with sexism and violence against women: read “Digging Up the Scythians,” page 42, which draws a deft analogy between ancient and contemporary cultures. Atwood leavens the collection with skillfully deployed humor: check out “The Aliens Arrive,” page 58. This collection amazed and delighted me.— John
A new book of poetry from internationally acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood
In Dearly, Margaret Atwood's first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and - zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.
While many are familiar with Margaret Atwood's fiction--including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others--she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. And she is one of the very few writers equally accomplished in fiction and poetry. This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry readers alike.